HFC deal is far from ‘job done
Climate Change / Cold Economy / Uncategorized

HFC deal is far from ‘job done

The global deal to phase out HFC refrigerant gases signed in Rwanda received a rapturous reception. Coming just ten days after the world ratified the Paris climate treaty, this narrower technical agreement should have struggled to capture headlines, but far from it. US Secretary of State John Kerry declared the HFC deal the ‘single most … Continue reading

Clean cold sits at the heart of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Dearman

Clean cold sits at the heart of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

As the Prime Minister heads to India for the India-UK Tech Summit, Professor Toby Peters of the Birmingham Energy Institute, argues that the humble fridge is the key to meeting the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals? At the stroke of midnight last New Year’s Eve, the clock began to tick on the most ambitious set … Continue reading

Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher
Nuclear Energy / Research

Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham, comments on the final approval of Hinkley Point C, highlighting the positive stimulus it will provide the UK economy. The journey to the realisation of Hinkley Point has regularly, and unceasingly, raised and dashed the hopes of supporters and opponents alike. … Continue reading

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Dearman

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals

In September 2015 the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, 17 goals to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change, and fight injustice and inequality. Developments in thermal energy technologies (heating and cooling) and the global cold economy has an important part to play if we are … Continue reading

Platinum: The Hydrogen Economy’s Achilles Heel
Hydrogen & Fuel Cells / Low Carbon Energy / Research

Platinum: The Hydrogen Economy’s Achilles Heel

James Walker, PhD student at the University of Birmingham, explores the impacts that platinum market trends are having upon fuel cell commercialisation, and highlights some Birmingham research which aims to mitigate these impacts. Platinum. Whether in a ring on your finger, in a filling in one of your teeth or in the catalytic converter in … Continue reading